Current Affairs from May 1 - May 10, 2019

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Here is the list of important events and current affairs from May 1 to 10, 2019 for all upcoming competitive exams like SSC, IBPS, IES, LIC, RRB, RBI, SBI, PSUs, etc.

  • Labour Day was observed across the world on May 1, 2019.

  • In a huge diplomatic win for India, the United Nations designated Masood Azhar as a global terrorist after China lifted its hold on a proposal to blacklist the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief.

  • Benjamin Netanyahu was sworn in as Israeli prime minister after winning parliamentary approval for his right-leaning government.

  • Apurvi Chandela touched a new milestone in her shooting her career as she became the top-ranked 10m Air Rifle shooter according to latest rankings released by International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF).
  • Ace India goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh has been nominated for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award by Hockey India while the names of three other players have been proposed for the Arjuna Award. Midfielder Chinglensana Singh Kangujam and forward Akashdeep Singh and women's team defender Deepika have been nominated for the Arjuna Award.

  • Hockey India has also nominated R.P. Singh and Sandeep Kaur for Dhyan Chand Award for Lifetime Achievement, while coaches Baljeet Singh, B.S. Chauhan, and Romesh Pathania have been proposed for Dronacharya Award.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law a sovereign internet bill which will allow Russian authorities to isolate the country's internet, a move decried by rights groups.

  • The Sri Lankan government has issued orders preventing any person from preaching religious, extremist or radical ideologies that glorify terrorism. The order also banned any foreigner from preaching any such ideology and few persons involved in it have been deported. 

  • Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has been appointed as the first non-British president of the Marylebone Cricket Club.

  • The Shooting Federation nominated Anjum Moudgil (rifle), Shahzar Rizvi (pistol) and Om Prakash Mitharwal (pistol) for the 2019 Arjuna Awards. The National Shooting Federation recommended pistol ace Heena Sidhu and trap shooter Ankur Mittal for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award 2019. 

  • India retained its top position in the ICC Test rankings, while England remained the No.1 ODI side in the latest annual updated rankings. India also moved two points in the second position in the ODI rankings behind England.

  • Raheem Sterling has been named the 2019 footballer of the year by the Football Writers' Association (FWA). The Manchester City and England forward topped the poll of the 400-strong FWA membership as a clear winner, with 62 percent of the votes. 

  • Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) has decided to bid for the 2024 edition of the biennial World Team Championships. 

  • Japan's new emperor, Naruhito, has formally ascended to the Chrysanthemum Throne, replacing his father, Akihito, who had abdicated a day earlier.

  • The first part of the Indo-French joint naval exercise, Varuna 19.1 was conducted off the Goa coast from 1st to 10th May 19. The 17th edition included the participation of the French Navy’s aircraft carrier FNS Charles de Gaulle, two destroyers, FNS Forbin and FNS Provence, the frigate FNS Latouche-Treville, the tanker FNS Marne and a nuclear submarine. From the Indian side, the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, destroyer INS Mumbai, the Teg-class frigate, INS Tarkash, the Shishumar- class submarine, INS Shankul, and the Deepak- class fleet tanker, INS Deepak, participated in this exercise.

  • Cyclonic Storm ‘Fani’ reached Odisha Coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali around Puri on May 03, 2019 with maximum sustained wind speed of 170-180 kmph gusting to 200 kmph.

  • The main celebration of World Press Freedom Day 2019 took place in Addis Ababa, from 1 to 3 May 2019. The overall theme of the event was the role of media in elections and democracy.

  • Former ISRO chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar was conferred with France’s highest civilian award – Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la L gion d’Honneur – for his contribution to India-France space cooperation.

  • World number one Bajrang Punia won the gold medal as he defeated Viktor Rassadin in the finals of men's 65kg freestyle in the Ali Aliyev wrestling tournament in Kaspiisk, Russia.

  • The world body governing cricket, ICC unveiled an expanded men's Twenty20 International team rankings with 80 teams. India with 260 points has dropped three places to fifth in the latest list. The ICC T20 World Cup champions of 2009, Pakistan have consolidated their top position with 286 points. The next three teams are South Africa (262), England (261) and Australia (261).

  • United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has ordered the release of 3,005 prisoners, serving various sentences, ahead of the Holy Month of Ramadan. The President has also pledged to settle the financial obligations of the released prisoners.

  • SpiceJet has announced the introduction of 12 new flights from New Delhi and Mumbai to other destinations. 

  • The Reserve Bank of India said that it has imposed penalties on five prepaid payment instrument (PPI) issuers, including Vodafone m-pesa and PhonePe, for violation of regulatory norms. A penalty of Rs 3.05 crore was imposed on Vodafone m-pesa and Rs 1 crore each on Mobile Payments, PhonePe, Private and GI Technology. Also, penalties have been imposed on Western Union Financial Services Inc and MoneyGram Payment Systems Inc, both US firms, for non-compliance of guidelines.

  • Lawmakers in the UK Parliament have declared an environment and climate emergency, making it the first country in the world to do so, according to the opposition Labour Party.

  • SpaceX has successfully launched a cargo mission for NASA to the International Space Station (ISS), its fifth launch of the year, after being delayed by a few days due to a couple of issues. The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on May 4. On board was an uncrewed Cargo Dragon spacecraft carrying 2,500 kilograms (5,500 pounds) of supplies for the astronauts on the ISS as part of the CRS-17 mission.

  • Archaeologists working near the pyramids of Giza have discovered an ancient Egyptian burial ground dating back to around 2500 BCE and hosting the tombs of high-ranking officials.

  • Common Service Centre’s (CSC) e-Governance Services India Limited, a special purpose vehicle under the Ministry of Electronics & IT, said it has tied up with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Kanpur to upscale Unnat Bharat Abhiyan.

  • The Navy launched the Scorpene-class submarine Vela, the fourth of six underwater warships being built in India with French collaboration, with an aim to boost Indian capability to defend and secure the strategic sea lanes. 

  • Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus of Tata Sons, and an early backer of Ola has invested an undisclosed amount in the ride-hailing platform’s electric mobility business as part of its Series-A round, the company said in a statement.

  • In Sri Lanka, the temporary ban on several social media platforms has been lifted. The ban was imposed following a tense situation in Negombo last night which led to overnight police curfew. 

  • Maharashtra government has declared Rs 10 crore aid for Odisha aftermath cyclonic storm Fani leaving a catastrophic effect in the state. 

  • The Home Ministry announced the release of an additional Rs 1,000 crore to the cyclone-hit Odisha as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

  • INS Ranjit, a Rajput class destroyer was decommissioned at a solemn grand ceremony at Naval Dockyard today at  Visakhapatnam. The Decommissioning Ceremony was graced by 16 officers and 10 sailors from the commissioning crew and 23 erstwhile Commanding Officers. 

  • The World Asthma Day was observed across the globe on May 7, 2019, the first Tuesday of May 2019. The theme of this year was STOP for Asthma. 

  • Justice PR Ramachandra Menon was on May 6, 2019 sworn-in as the Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court.

  • The Home Ministry has decided to discard its Black Lists of Indian-origin people. The list mostly is comprised of the names of people belonging to the Sikh Community, who have taken asylum abroad under the plea of alleged persecution in India.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the second most followed politician in the world on social media after former US President Barack Obama, according to a report. 

  • India was re-elected as Observer to the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum. The Council also appointed the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) as a new Observer.

  • India's Jagjit Pavadia was re-elected to the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) for another term. Ms. Pavadia has been a member of the INCB since 2015 and her current term is set to expire in 2020.
  • President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran would move on to resuming high-level uranium enrichment if the remaining signatories - Britain, France, Germany, China, and Russia - did not make good on promises to shield its oil and banking sectors in the next 60 days.

  • World Red Cross day was celebrated across the globe on May 8, 2019. The theme for this year was love.

  • The first chronicler of Partition Kirpal Singh passed away at Chandigarh on May 07, 2019. He was 95 years old. Kirpal Singh was known as the first chronicler of partition because he started building an archive in 1954.

  • The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), a leading road construction agency under the Union Defence Ministry, on May 7, 2019, celebrated its 59th Raising Day.

  • N.R. Madhava Menon, a legal luminary, and a tireless institutional builder passed away on May 8, 2019, in Kerala.

  • Purple frog, scientifically known as Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis, will soon be crowned as Kerala’s state amphibian. Also known as Maveli frog, the purple frog is endemic to the Western Ghats and is listed as ‘endangered’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). 

  • Fifth global road safety week was celebrated between May 06 to 12, 2019. The theme for this year was Leadership for road safety.

  • U.S. President Donald Trump on imposed new U.S. sanctions targeting Iran’s revenue from the export of industrial metals and threatened further action unless Tehran fundamentally changed its behavior.

  • Singapore's parliament passed laws to combat "fake news" that will allow authorities to order the removal of content despite fierce criticism from tech giants, the media and rights groups.

  • A Japanese aerospace startup funded by a former internet maverick has successfully launched a small rocket into space. Interstellar Technology Inc. says the unmanned MOMO-3 rocket has exceeded 100 kilometers (60 miles) in altitude before falling into the Pacific Ocean.

  • Facebook has chosen London as the center for the global launch of the digital payments service, WhatsApp Pay. 

  • US President Donald Trump awarded golfer Tiger Woods with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor. 

  • The 158th birth anniversary of Rabindra Nath Tagore was celebrated all over West Bengal on May 9,2019. President Ram Nath Kovind paid tributes to Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore on his birth anniversary.

  • Indian Navy Ships (INS) Kolkata and Shakti participated with the navies of the US, the Philippines, and Japan in their first joint naval exercise in the disputed South China Sea.

  • India and China on May 9, 2019, signed a protocol for export of Indian Chilli Meal from India to China.

  • Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries announced it will acquire iconic British toy-maker Hamleys for 67.96 million pounds (around Rs 620 crore) in an all-cash deal. 

  • Singapore has reported its first case of the rare monkeypox virus brought in by a Nigerian man. Monkeypox, a virus similar to human smallpox which was eradicated in 1980, does not spread easily from person to person, but can in rare cases be fatal.

  • Chhattisgarh Police have deployed anti-Naxal women commandos for the first time in the country. This team is inducted in District Reserve Guard (DRG) which is frontline of anti-Naxal force.

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